Sermon Notes

Genesis 17

I will be your God

Genesis 17:1
When Abram was 99 years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, "I am the Almighty God. Obey me and always do what is right."

Genesis 17:7
I will keep my promise to you and to your descendants in future generations as an everlasting covenant. I will be your God and the God of your descendants.

Genesis 17:8
And I will give to you and to your offspring after you the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession, and I will be their God.

Genesis 17:19
God said, "No, but Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his offspring after him.

Exodus 35-40

Life in the desert: Giving to God

Exodus 35:21
"and everyone who wished to do so brought an offering to the LORD for making the Tent of the LORD 's presence. They brought everything needed for use in worship and for making the priestly garments."

Exodus 39:32
All the work on the Tent of the LORD 's presence was finally completed. The Israelites made everything just as the LORD had commanded Moses.

Exodus 18:1-27

Jethro learns of God

Exodus 18:7
so Moses went out to meet him {Jethro}, bowed before him, and kissed him. They asked about each other's health and then went into Moses' tent.

Exodus 18:8
Moses told Jethro everything that the LORD had done to the king and the people of Egypt in order to rescue the Israelites. He also told him about the hardships the people had faced on the way and how the LORD had saved them.

Exodus 18:11
Now I {Jethro} know that the LORD is greater than all the gods, because he did this when the Egyptians treated the Israelites with such contempt.

Joshua 6

Breaking the walls

Joshua 6:2
The LORD said to Joshua, "I am putting into your hands Jericho, with its king and all its brave soldiers.

Joshua 6:27
So the LORD was with Joshua, and his fame spread through the whole country.

Joshua 6:17
The city and everything in it must be totally destroyed as an offering to the LORD . Only the prostitute Rahab and her household will be spared, because she hid our spies.

Ruth 1

Ruth and the Redeemer

Ruth 1

Ruth 2

Ruth 3

Ruth 4

1 Samuel 1:9-22

May the God of Israel give

‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭1:11
Hannah made a solemn promise: "Almighty LORD, look at me, your servant! See my trouble and remember me! Don't forget me! If you give me a son, I promise that I will dedicate him to you for his whole life and that he will never have his hair cut."

‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭1:17
"Go in peace," Eli said, "and may the God of Israel give you what you have asked him for."

‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭1:27‬
I {Hannah} asked him for this child, and he gave me what I asked for.

2 Kings 12: 1-3

Joash of Judea

2 Kings 12:2
Throughout his life he did what pleased the LORD , because Jehoiada the priest instructed him.

2 Kings 12:3
However, the pagan places of worship were not destroyed, and the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there.

2 Chronicles 24:18
So the people stopped worshipping in the Temple of the LORD , the God of their ancestors, and began to worship idols and the images of the goddess Asherah. Their guilt for these sins brought the LORD 's anger on Judah and Jerusalem.

Job 2: 1-10

Job

Job 2:3
And the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? He still holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him to destroy him without reason."

Job 2:6
And the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, he is in your hand; only spare his life." - Job 2:6

Job 2:10
But he said to her, "You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?" In all this Job did not sin with his lips. - Job 2:10

Psalm 66:5

Follow The Star

Genesis 12:3
I will bless those who bless you, But I will curse those who curse you. And through you I will bless all the nations.

Numbers 24:17
I {Balaam} look into the future, And I see the nation of Israel. A king, like a bright star, will arise in that nation. Like a comet he will come from Israel. He will strike the leaders of Moab And beat down all the people of Seth.

Matthew 2:2
Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea, during the time when Herod was king. Soon afterwards, some men who studied the stars came from the east to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the baby born to be the king of the Jews? We saw his star when it came up in the east, and we have come to worship him."

Psalm 130:3-4

Who can stand?

Psalm 130:3
If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?

Psalm 130:4
But with you there is forgiveness...

Psalm 130:4
...that you may be feared.

Psalm 130:7-8

Christmas Eve

Psalm 130:7
O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption.

Psalm 130:8
And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

Proverbs 10

Time To Get Wise

Job 32:8
But it is the Spirit of Almighty God that comes to human beings and gives them wisdom.

Proverbs 1:7
To have knowledge, you must first have reverence for the LORD . Stupid people have no respect for wisdom and refuse to learn.

Proverbs 10:1
These are Solomon's proverbs: Wise children make their fathers proud of them; foolish ones bring their mothers grief.

Mark 6:2
On the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue. Many people were there; and when they heard him, they were all amazed. "Where did he get all this?" they asked. "What wisdom is this that has been given him? How does he perform miracles?

Proverbs 3: 1-18

Wisdom that saves

Proverbs 3:4
If you do this, both God and people will be pleased with you.

Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the LORD with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know.

Proverbs 3:9
Honour the LORD by making him an offering from the best of all that your land produces.

Proverbs 3:18
Those who become wise are happy; wisdom will give them life.

Ecclesiastes 12: 9-14

Only one thing to say

Ecclesiastes 12:11
The sayings of the wise are like the sharp sticks that shepherds use to guide sheep, and collected proverbs are as lasting as firmly driven nails. They have been given by God, the one Shepherd of us all.

Ecclesiastes 12:13
After all this, there is only one thing to say: have reverence for God, and obey his commands, because this is all that human beings were created for.

Ecclesiastes 12:14
God is going to judge everything we do, whether good or bad, even things done in secret.

Isaiah 9:1-7

Hope and Fears, A gift and A Certainty

Isaiah 9 v.1-5
1. There will be no way for them to escape from this time of trouble. The land of the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali was once disgraced, but the future will bring honour to this region, from the Mediterranean eastwards to the land on the other side of the Jordan, and even to Galilee itself, where the foreigners live. 2. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. They lived in a land of shadows, but now light is shining on them. 3. You have given them great joy, LORD ; you have made them happy. They rejoice in what you have done, as people rejoice when they harvest their corn or when they divide captured wealth. 4. For you have broken the yoke that burdened them and the rod that beat their shoulders. You have defeated the nation that oppressed and exploited your people, just as you defeated the army of Midian long ago. 5. The boots of the invading army and all their bloodstained clothing will be destroyed by fire.

Isaiah 9 v.6-7
A child is born to us! A son is given to us! And he will be our ruler. He will be called, "Wonderful Counsellor", "Mighty God", "Eternal Father", "Prince of Peace". His royal power will continue to grow; his kingdom will always be at peace. He will rule as King David's successor, basing his power on right and justice, from now until the end of time. The LORD Almighty is determined to do all this.

Isaiah 9 v.7
His royal power will continue to grow; his kingdom will always be at peace. He will rule as King David's successor, basing his power on right and justice, from now until the end of time. The LORD Almighty is determined to do all this.

Ezekiel 2:1-4

The Lord Speaks

Ezekiel 2:2
And as he spoke to me, the Spirit entered into me and set me on my feet, and I heard him speaking to me.

Ezekiel 2:3
And he said to me, "Son of man, I send you to the people of Israel, to nations of rebels, who have rebelled against me. They and their fathers have transgressed against me to this very day.

Ezekiel 2:4
The descendants also are impudent and stubborn: I send you to them, and you shall say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD.'

Jonah 1

About God

Jonah 1:1
Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,

Jonah 1:4
But the LORD hurled a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship threatened to break up.

Jonah 1:17
And the LORD appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Jonah 2

Salvation belongs to the Lord!

Jonah 2:1
Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the belly of the fish,

Jonah 2:8
Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love.

Jonah 2:9
But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the LORD!

Jonah 3

Who knows?

Jonah 3:1
Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying,

Jonah 3:5
And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.

Jonah 3:9
Who knows? God may turn and relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.

Jonah 3:10
When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.

Jonah 4

Angry with God

Jonah 4:1
But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry.

Jonah 4:9
But God said to Jonah, "Do you do well to be angry for the plant?" And he said, "Yes, I do well to be angry, angry enough to die."

Jonah 4:11
And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?

Nahum 1

For God

Nahum 1:2
The LORD is a jealous and avenging God; the LORD is avenging and wrathful; the LORD takes vengeance on his adversaries and keeps wrath for his enemies.

Nahum 1:14
The LORD has given commandment about you: "No more shall your name be perpetuated; from the house of your gods I will cut off the carved image and the metal image. I will make your grave, for you are vile."

Nahum 1:15
Behold, upon the mountains, the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace! Keep your feasts, O Judah; fulfill your vows, for never again shall the worthless pass through you; he is utterly cut off.

Nahum 2

For God

Nahum 2:2
For the LORD is restoring the majesty of Jacob as the majesty of Israel, for plunderers have plundered them and ruined their branches.

Nahum 2:13
Behold, I am against you, declares the LORD of hosts, and I will burn your chariots in smoke, and the sword shall devour your young lions. I will cut off your prey from the earth, and the voice of your messengers shall no longer be heard.

Nahum 3

I am against...

Nahum 3:5
Behold, I am against you, declares the LORD of hosts, and will lift up your skirts over your face; and I will make nations look at your nakedness and kingdoms at your shame.

Nahum 3:18
Your shepherds are asleep, O king of Assyria; your nobles slumber. Your people are scattered on the mountains with none to gather them.

Habakkuk 1

How long?

Habakkuk 1:2
O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you "Violence!" and you will not save?

Habakkuk 1:5
Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.

Habakkuk 1:12
Are you not from everlasting, O LORD my God, my Holy One? We shall not die. O LORD, you have ordained them as a judgment, and you, O Rock, have established them for reproof.

Habakkuk 2

This is reality!

Habakkuk 2:1
I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint.

Habakkuk 2:4
Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith.

Habakkuk 2:14
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.

Habakkuk 2:20
But the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.

Habakkuk 3

This is reality!

Habakkuk 3:2
O LORD, I have heard the report of you, and your work, O LORD, do I fear. In the midst of the years revive it; in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy.

Habakkuk 3:13
You went out for the salvation of your people, for the salvation of your anointed. You crushed the head of the house of the wicked, laying him bare from thigh to neck. Selah

Habakkuk 3:18
yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.

Matthew 6

The Lords Prayer

Matthew 6:9
This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven: May your holy name be honoured;

Matthew 6:10
may your Kingdom come; may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Matthew 15:32-39

4000 For Lunch

Matthew 15:32
Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, "I have compassion on the crowd because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. And I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way."

Matthew 15:37
And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces left over.

Matthew 1:18-25

The Lord commanded him.

Matthew 1:19
And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.

Matthew 1:24
When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife,

Matthew 1:21
She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.

An Expected Journey

Matthew 2:2
saying, "Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him."

Matthew 2:5
They told him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet"

Matthew 2:11
And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.

An Unexpected Journey

Matthew 2:13
Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him."

Matthew 2:16
Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men.

Matthew 2:19
But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

Mark 1:40-45

Healing for the Kingdom

Mark 1:40
A man suffering from a dreaded skin disease came to Jesus, knelt down, and begged him for help. "If you want to," he said, "you can make me clean."

Mark 1:41
Jesus was filled with pity, and stretched out his hand and touched him. "I do want to," he answered. "Be clean!"

Mark 1

Mark has Good News

Mark 1:1
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Mark 1:15
and {Jesus} saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel."

Mark 1:17
And Jesus said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men."

Mark 1:24
What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.

Mark 1:40
And a leper came to him {Jesus}, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, "If you will, you can make me clean."

Mark 1:41
Jesus was filled with pity, and stretched out his hand and touched him. "I do want to," he answered. "Be clean!"

Mark 2

Who can forgive sins?

Mark 2:5
And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven."

Mark 2:10
But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins"—he said to the paralytic—

Mark 2:17
And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners."

Mark 2:27
And he said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.

Mark 3

Who Understands?

Mark 3:5
And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was restored.

Mark 3:13
And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him.

Mark 3:21
And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, "He is out of his mind."

Mark 3:35
For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother."

Mark 4

Who then is this?

Mark 4:33
With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it.

Mark 4:38
But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?"

Mark 4:41
And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?"

Mark 5

Why trouble the teacher?

Mark 5:18
As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him.

Mark 5:30
And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, "Who touched my garments?"

Mark 5:36
But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Do not fear, only believe."

Mark 6

They all saw him and were terrified.

Mark 6:2
And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, "Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands?

Mark 6:12
So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent.

Mark 6:42
And they all ate and were satisfied.

Mark 6:50
for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, "Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid."

Mark 7

He has done all things well!

Mark 7:8
You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.

Mark 7:15
There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.

Mark 7:26
Now the woman was a Gentile, a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter.

Mark 7:35
And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.

Mark 8

Who Do You Say I Am?

Mark 8:8
And they ate and were satisfied. And they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full.

Mark 8:12
And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, "Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation."

Mark 8:29
And he asked them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered him, "You are the Christ."

Mark 8:31
And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again.

Mark 9

Down From The Mountain

Mark 9:7
And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, "This is my beloved Son; listen to him."

Mark 9:27
But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.

Mark 9:31
for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise."

Mark 9:40
For the one who is not against us is for us.

Mark 9:43
And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.

Mark 10

What do you want me to do for you?

Mark 10:2
And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?"

Mark 10:15
Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.

Mark 10:17
And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

Mark 10:33
saying, "See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles.

Mark 10:47
And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"

Mark 11

By what authority?

Mark 11:3
If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’"

Mark 11:14
And he said to it, "May no one ever eat fruit from you again." And his disciples heard it.

Mark 11:28
and they said to him, "By what authority are you doing these things, or who gave you this authority to do them?"

Mark 12

Not the God of the dead but of the living.

Mark 12:10
Have you not read this Scripture: The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;

Mark 12:17
And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marvelled at him.

Mark 12:27
He is not God of the dead, but of the living. You are quite wrong.

Mark 12:28
And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, Which commandment is the most important of all?

Mark 12:37
David himself calls him Lord. So how is he his son? And the great throng heard him gladly.

Mark 13

No One Knows

Mark 13:4
Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?

Mark 13:18
Pray that it may not happen in winter.

Mark 13:26
And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.

Mark 14

The hour has come.

Mark 14:9
And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”

Mark 14:10
Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them.

Mark 14:24
And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.

Mark 14:30
And Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.”

Mark 14:41
And he came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough; the hour has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.

Mark 14:53
And they led Jesus to the high priest. And all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes came together.

Mark 15

Crucify Him

Mark 15:2
And Pilate asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" And he answered him, "You have said so."

Mark 15:25
And it was the third hour when they crucified him.

Mark 15:37
And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last.

Mark 15:47
Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid.

Mark 16

He has risen!

Mark 16:1
When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him.

Mark 16:6
And he said to them, "Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him".

Mark 16:9
Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons.

Mark 13:24-37

Hope

Mark 13:26
And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.

Mark 13:30
Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.

Mark 13:32
But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

Mark 8:31-38

Mark 8:31
And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again.

Mark 8:35
For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.

Mark 8:38
For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

Luke 10:27

Love the Lord with all your heart

Matthew 15:3
Jesus answered, "And why do you disobey God's command and follow your own teaching?

Matthew 15:18-19
But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these are the things that make a person ritually unclean. For from his heart come the evil ideas which lead him to kill, commit adultery, and do other immoral things; to rob, lie, and slander others.

Matthew 15:13
"Every plant which my Father in heaven did not plant will be pulled up," answered Jesus.

Luke 23:33-43

Cross Words

Luke 23:33
When they came to the place called "The Skull", they crucified Jesus there, and the two criminals, one on his right and the other on his left.

Luke 23:39
One of the criminals hanging there hurled insults at him: "Aren't you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!"

Luke 23:42
And he said to Jesus, "Remember me, Jesus, when you come as King!"

Luke 23:43
Jesus said to him, "I promise you that today you will be in Paradise with me."

Luke 19:28-40

Master and King

Luke 19:29
As he came near Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, he sent two disciples ahead

Luke 19:31
If someone asks you why you are untying it, tell him that the Master needs it.

Luke 19:38
God bless the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory to God!

Luke 2

Walking with God

Luke 2:26
And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

Luke 2:30
for my eyes have seen your salvation

Luke 2:34-35
And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, 'Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.'

Luke 16

Value and Eternity

Luke 16:2
And he called him and said to him, 'What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your management, for you can no longer be manager.'

Luke 16:15
And he said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God."

Luke 16:31
He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’"

Luke 23

Who is he?

Luke 23:35
The people stood there watching while the Jewish leaders jeered at him: "He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah whom God has chosen!"

Luke 23:39
One of the criminals hanging there hurled insults at him: "Aren't you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!"

Luke 23:42
And he said to Jesus, "Remember me, Jesus, when you come as King!"

Luke 24:13-35

Recognising Jesus

Luke 24:16
But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.

Luke 24:27
And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

Luke 24:35
Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Luke 24:44-53

Whats the mission?

Luke 24:44
Then he said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled."

Luke 24:48
You are witnesses of these things.

Luke 24:51
While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven.

Luke 1:26-38

Love

Luke 1:28
And he came to her and said, "Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!"

Luke 1:35
And the angel answered her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God."

Luke 2:22-40

The Presentation

Luke 2:22
And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord

Luke 2:25
Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.

Luke 2:36
And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin,

John 2:13-22

Our Fathers House

John 2:16
and he ordered those who sold the pigeons, "Take them out of here! Stop making my Father's house a market place!"

John 2:18
The Jewish authorities replied with a question, "What miracle can you perform to show us that you have the right to do this?"

John 2:19
Jesus answered, "Tear down this Temple, and in three days I will build it again."

John 2:21
But the temple Jesus was speaking about was his body.

John 1

But when...

John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:14
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:29
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

John 1

Follow Me

John 1:36
and he{John the Baptist} looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God!"

John 1:48
Nathanael said to him, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you."

John 1:51
And he said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."

John 2

Follow Me

John 2:4
And Jesus said to her, "Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come."

John 2:9
When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom

John 2:19
Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up."

John 3

For God

John 3:3
Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God."

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:19
And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.

John 3

Eternal Reality

John 3:28
You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, 'I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.'

John 3:35
The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand.

John 3:36
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

John 4

I am he...

John 4:10
Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water."

John 4:23
But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.

John 4:26
Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am he."

John 4-5

Get up...

John 4:50
Jesus said to him, "Go; your son will live." The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way.

John 5:6
When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, "Do you want to be healed?"

John 5:14
Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, "See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you."

John 5:16
And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath.

John 5

Regarding the father...

John 5:24
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.

John 5:29
and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.

John 5:39
You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me,

John 6

Who is?

John 6:2
And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick.

John 6:14
When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, "This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!"

John 6:19
When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened.

John 6

Regarding Eternal Life

John 6:26
Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.

John 6:37
All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.

John 6:40
For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day."

John 6

Word of Eternal Life

John 6:42
They said, "Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?"

John 6:47
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.

John 6:53
So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.

John 6:68
Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life,

Living with the Holy Spirit

Living with the Holy Spirit

John 14:15
If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

John 14:16
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,

John 14:19
Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.

Servant to others

John 13:1
Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

John 13:5
Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

John 13:14
If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.

Acts 12: 1-19

What is going on?

Acts 12:2
He had James, the brother of John, put to death by the sword.

Acts 12:3
When he saw that this pleased the Jews, he went on to arrest Peter. (This happened during the time of the Festival of Unleavened Bread.)

Acts 12:7
Suddenly an angel of the Lord stood there, and a light shone in the cell. The angel shook Peter by the shoulder, woke him up, and said, "Hurry! Get up!" At once the chains fell off Peter's hands.

Acts 4

God Talk

Acts 4:10
[Peter speaking] then you should all know, and all the people of Israel should know, that this man stands here before you completely well through the power of the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth — whom you crucified and whom God raised from death.

Acts 4:11
Jesus is the one of whom the scripture says: The stone that you the builders despised turned out to be the most important of all.

Acts 4:12
Salvation is to be found through him alone; in all the world there is no one else whom God has given who can save us.

Acts 23

With respect to the hope

Acts 23:6
Now when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, "Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. It is with respect to the hope and the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial."

Acts 23:9
Then a great clamor arose, and some of the scribes of the Pharisees’ party stood up and contended sharply, "We find nothing wrong in this man. What if a spirit or an angel spoke to him?"

Acts 23:11
The following night the Lord stood by him and said, "Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome."

Acts 28:26 (Isaiah 6:9-11)

Wonder and Woe

Isaiah 6:9
And he said, "Go, and say to this people: "'Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.'

Isaiah 6:13
And though a tenth remain in it, it will be burned again, like a terebinth or an oak, whose stump remains when it is felled." The holy seed is its stump.

Isaiah 7:14
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Acts 2:42-47

Called into fellowship

Acts 2:42
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

Acts 2:44
And all who believed were together and had all things in common.

Acts 2:47
praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

Romans 5:12-21, 6:1-4

Adam and Christ

Romans 5:12
Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned

Romans 5:18
Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men.

Romans 6:4
We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

Peace with God

Peace with God

Romans 5:1
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:8
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:10
For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.

How can they know unless

Romans 10:13
For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Romans 10:14
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?

Romans 10:17
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Children of God

Children of God

Galatians 3:26
for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.

Galatians 4:4
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law,

Galatians 4:6
And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, 'Abba! Father!'

Free to be friends

Free to be friends

Galatians 5:13
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

Galatians 5:14
For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

Galatians 5:15
But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.

1 Timothy 1:15

Why Christmas

1 Timothy 1:15
This is a true saying, to be completely accepted and believed: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. I am the worst of them,

Hebrews 1:3
He reflects the brightness of God's glory and is the exact likeness of God's own being, sustaining the universe with his powerful word. After achieving forgiveness for human sins, he sat down in heaven at the right-hand side of God, the Supreme Power.

Titus 1

Being Sound

Titus 1:1
Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness,

Titus 1:5
This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you—

Titus 1:12
One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, "Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons"

Titus 1:15
To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled.

Titus 2

The grace of god has appeared.

Titus 2:7
Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity,

Titus 2:11
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people,

Titus 2:15
Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.

Titus 3

But when...

Titus 3:4
But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared,

Titus 3:7
so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Titus 3:9
But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.

1 Peter 3:18-22

For Christ

1 Peter 3:18
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,

1 Peter 3:19
in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison,

1 Peter 3:20
because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water.

1 Peter 3:21
Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

1 Peter 3:22
who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.

1 John 2

Before this ends.

1 John 2:3
And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments.

1 John 2:12
I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake.

1 John 2:17
And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

1 John 3

For this, by this.

1 John 3:11
For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

1 John 3:16
By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.

1 John 3:19
By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him;

1 John 4:9

So that we might live in him.

1 John 4:9
In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.

1 John 4:9
In this the love of God was made manifest among us...

1 John 4:9
...that God sent his only Son into the world,...

1 John 4:9
...so that we might live through him.

Jude 1:1-16

Contending for the faith?

Jude 1:1
Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James, To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ

Jude 1:3
Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.

Jude 1:4
For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

Jude 1:5
Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.

Jude 1:7
just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.

Jude 1:9
But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, "The Lord rebuke you."

Jude 1:14
It was also about these that Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones,

Jude 1:15
to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

Jude 1:17-23

Jude 1:17
But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jude 1:21
keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.

Jude 1:23
save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.

Jude 1:24-25

Jude 1:24
Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy,

Jude 1:25
to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

Revelation 1:9-19

Now I am alive

Revelation 1:5
...and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the first to be raised from death and who is also the ruler of the kings of the world. He loves us, and by his sacrificial death he has freed us from our sins...

Revelation 1:7
Look, he is coming on the clouds! Everyone will see him, including those who pierced him. All peoples on earth will mourn over him. So shall it be!

Revelation 1:12-16

Revelation 1:18
I am the living one! I was dead, but now I am alive for ever and ever. I have authority over death and the world of the dead.